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29 Oct

Bottega Veneta’s perfume campaign


Bottega Veneta have just released their third and final short film for the launch of their first women’s fragrance, which features behind-the-scenes footage of Bruce Weber shooting the beautiful Nine d’Urso for the advertising campaign.





V Magazine brings back supermodels. 


Bringing supermodels after a two year haitus is a pretty bold move, resulting in four super eyecatching covers featuring two models apiece. Styled by Carine Roitfeld, the result is visually stunning and vibrant. It’s hard to pick a favourite but I think Candice Swanepoel and Joan Smalls pip the others to the post. Carine says: “These eight girls are unique, not one is like the other. Candice is the only blonde and blue-eyed of this new generation of supermodels. Joan is black, Sui He is Asian, Hanaa is North African. It’s their diversity that makes each of them, to me, truly modern. They bring a new energy to fashion.” 





Chanel replaces Freja Beha!


Another bold move also involving Carine, Chanel have ended Freja Beha Erichsen’s five campaign reign at Chanel. I have to admit, although the AW11 campaign was cheeky and charming, it wasn’t my favourite so I’m intrigued to see what SS12 brings. Lagerfeld shot new faces Saskia de Brauw and Joan Smalls, who were styled by Carine Roitfeld. Lagerfeld is also due to shoot Arizona Muse for Fendi, replacing Anja Rubik after four seasons as the face of the brand. It seems that Mr Lagerfeld is after change and something fresh. 





Prada to launch jewellery collection…in time for Christmas. 


Rip up that letter to Santa, ladies, Prada are launching their first jewellery collection next month…just in time for Christmas. The limited edition capsule collection featured a feminine, quirky range of brooches, necklaces, earrings, bracelets and cuffs. I’m pretty partial to a shiny bauble or six, but I’m not convinced by the collection, especially given the price tag which starts at 350 Euros. The leather cuffs are gorgeous though. 



You’re invited to the launch of Emerging Artists and Designers Month!


Readers of Fashion Daydreams are invited to pop down to Narciss boutique on Westbourne Grove to the launch event for Emerging Artists and Designers Month, where contemporary art and fashion merge. 





Republic launches White collection.


High street fashion favourite Republic have launched their White Label collection which features affordable wardrobe staples at pocket friendly prices. Think gilets, chinos, shirts, tshirts, hoodies and even boots for under £30. 


Bottega Veneta autumn/winter 2011 campaign

1 Aug
This morning, I found myself transported to Bottega Veneta’s magical, rich and opulent world, full of vibrant colour and soft texture. Or…their website. I wanted to check out the autumn/winter 2011 campaign but ended up looking through the archives and Tomas Maier’s favourite pieces. Like Balenciaga’s new website, Bottega Veneta have invested heavily into the content and media used on the site, building something really interactive. As well as the campaigns, they have news about special projects, the perfume launch, campaign videos, collection videos, collection galleries and anything else someone who has an affinity with the brand would want to see and interact with.

Anywhoo, onto the reason I went onto the site in the first place: the campaign. Shot by Robert Polidori and featuring Isabeli Fontana, the campaign is stunning. So rich in colour and texture I just want to reach out and stroke it. 


I couldn’t resist posting some images from past campaigns, they are equally stunning and timeless. 

Autumn/winter 2010 shot by Roberto Longo. 


Autumn/winter 2009 shot by Steven Meisel.

Autumn/winter 2008 shot by Nick Knight. 


Spring/summer 2006 shot by Stephen Shore. 

Friday Fashion Fix

29 Jul
Bottega Veneta to launch first fragrance.

I’m excited to share the news that Bottega Veneta are set to launch their first ever fragrance in September! Super luxe fashion houses always create incredibly beautiful, intoxicating fragrances so I’m really looking forward to smelling Tomas Maier’s fragrance. The short film below gives a little insight into what we can expect. It features Nine d’Urso, daughter of Ines de la Fressange, who is the face of the fragrance. “I chose Nine to introduce this fragrance because there is something classically elegant about her, yet she is totally modern. She conveys a sense of heritage worn lightly but with respect”, said Tomas Maier, Creative Director, Bottega Veneta.



Lulu Guinness is expanding her handbag empire to luggage collection. 

This is going to sound a little silly as there are so many luggage brands but I think Lulu has something special. Most luggage collections are practical brown or black which is all well and good, but I prefer looking out for something a little more distinctive on the baggage carousel, something with a bit more personality. There are of course the girly bright pink or purple cases – I’ve had a purple one in the past – but I’m talking sleek, sophisticated, grown up luggage. This is where there’s a gap in the market and precisely where Lulu’s luggage will fit in. The ‘sealed with a kiss’ collection features Lulu’s iconic lips design with seriously impressive luggage spec – 360 spinnerwheels amd TSA locks along with soft grip carry handles, high shine buttons, striped lining and internal packing sections. I think I need them all in my life!



Woolmark are proving fashion had feeling.



Woolmark’s new campaign aims to bring out the feelings and emotions behind our daily fashion choices. Named Fashion by Feelings, the site is an interactive lookbook site which allows you to upload an outfit into one of twelve categories, depending on how you feel, readers can then vote on their favourite. Being Woolmark, the theme is wool and all outfits must incorporate wool in some way. Very timely as it’s a bit nippy out and the autumn/winter collections are starting to trickle into stores. If you need an added incentive, the winning look will win an amazing $12,000 trip to Australia!

Style Compare brings all of your fashion favourites together.


This year, I’ve noticed a growing trend for fashion aggregators – websites which basically bring together lots of retailers into one handy place. I’ve spent a lot of time on Style Compare this week and I think they’re one of the best. They have over 1,500 labels on the site from retailers including ASOS, Topshop, All Saints, House of Fraser, Net-a-Porter, so instead of hopping from site to site looking for the perfect dress or shoes, you can check everything out from one place. What makes them different from similar fashion aggregators is that they are really passionate about independent designers and ethically sourced products; nurturing new talent to give them a platform to showcase their wares. 

H&M collaboration – Lanvin!

2 Sep

There have been several whisperings about who the next H&M collaboration will be with. Lots of names have been thrown around, from Thomas Maier of Bottega Veneta and Carolina Hererra to Vivienne Westwood and Tom Ford. But the rumour-mill can stop now, it’s just been announced that it is…LANVIN!! Be still my beating heart! I think it may just be the perfect partnership. I’ve never actually been caught up in the frenzy of H&M collaborations, though I did really like the recent Sonia Rykiel collection. But I would actually join a queue and (im)patiently wait in line to get my hands on a H&M x Lanvin piece. 
I love the work of Alber Elbaz at Lanvin, it’s super-luxe, utterly gorgeous and totally unattainable. Even the Lanvin x Acne collaboration had a shockingly high price point. So of course I would love the chance to get my hands on some Lanvin…at H&M prices. There is one niggling doubt in the back of my mind though – quality. With H&M, quality can be a bit hit and miss but at those prices it’s forgiveable. But when they collaborate with the likes of Viktor & Rolf, Comme des Garcon and Karl Lagerfeld, you feel a bit cheated at the poor quality. I was mildly curious about the Jimmy Choo collaboration and was very disappointed. 



The collection is previewing on 2nd November and is out on 23rd November. Here’s one of the viral videos H&M released, this one indicating that it was Lanvin: